824.10 Hearing Officer.§ 824.10 Hearing Officer.
The Hearing Officer:
(a) Is responsible for the administrative preparations for the hearing;
(b) Convenes the hearing as soon as is reasonable;
(c) Administers oaths and affirmations;
(d) Issues subpoenas, at the request of either party or on the Hearing Officer's motion;
(e) Rules on offers of proof and receives relevant evidence;
(f) Takes depositions or has depositions taken when the ends of justice would be served;
(g) Conducts the hearing in a manner which is fair and impartial;
(h) Holds conferences for the settlement or simplification of the issues by consent of the parties;
(i) Disposes of procedural requests or similar matters;
(j) Requires production of documents; and
(k) Makes an initial decision under § 824.13.